Saturday, July 3, 2010


Yesterday morning, a friend, Mike Hinton, took my son Joseph, and me flying in his Cessna 182 Skylane. We flew up to Big Bear Lake, where we ate breakfast at the Barn-Stormer Restaurant. Afterward, we did some sight seeing over the San Bernardino Mountains and the High Desert. Mike let me steer the aircraft for about 20 minutes, as he prepared for an I.L.S approach to Southern California Logistics Airport (formerly George A.F.B.). Then, back home to Apple Valley.

Me, sitting in the pilot's seat.

Craig and Joseph, prior to departing Apple Valley

With Mike Hinton

Over the San Bernardino Mts. Mt. San Gorgonio in background.

Approaching Big Bear from the east.

Parked at fuel station at Big Bear

Nice view of the lake, looking west

Beautiful Lake Arrowhead. You can see Apple Valley in the background.

Over Victorville. You can see the Victor Valley Mall, just to the right of center.

Mike is making an ILS approach to SCLA. When we were over the runway, we banked off to the left, and headed back to Apple Valley.

Out of service aircraft parked at SCLA.

Landing back home at Apple Valley

A big thank you to Michael Hinton for taking us flying on this beautiful morning.


Gregg said...

What a wonderful experience! I love flying and have gotten to fly a couple of times. Would love to have a pilot's license. Great pics.

photosynthesis said...

I love arrowhead. I have been there a few times. Did it finally rain? I remember there was a six-year drought.

CraigB said...

This was my first experience riding in a general aviation aircrft. Besides the flying itself, I enjoyed listening to all the communication with other planes and with air traffic control.

Although we are still in a drought situation, we did get some storms come through last winter, and the water level in Big Bear Lake is higher than it has been in years.

I've driven through Lake Arrowhead Village, but Big Bear has always been our getaway.


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